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Your in-laws are very lucky to have you as a daughter-in-law. I have always felt cheated because both my parents died young, but the silver-lining is that my siblings and I didn't experience what you are going through. I wish for you patience, strength, and understanding. Hang in there!
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You are right. It hard for me to imagine living in a NYC apartment. When my daughter was an infant and waking frequently, I felt like her room, on the opposite side of the house, was too far away. We had my daughter in a cradle in our room. The doctor also advised us to get her out of our room if we wanted to get any sleep. She ended up in the dining room until she slept through the night. Advice from my mother-in-law helped a lot. We woke her prior to going to bed, around 10 PM to give her a bottle. She then slept through the night. It worked so well it took me a long time before I had the nerve to stop the practice. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2010 on A Manhattan Bedroom at NYC Moms
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My daughter just graduated from elementary. The graduation ceremony lasted 2 1/2 hours mainly because too much time was spent handing out gifts to teachers and parents. If you want to be a teacher, sixth grade is the place to be. With potentially 150 parents donating, the five teachers received $200 each! There are no homeroom mothers in middle school. I'm thrilled.
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As an older than average mom of a twelve year old, I ask myself the same questions many days. And like you, I am usually exhausted by bedtime. My childless sibling can't figure out what I do everyday, but I am never bored. But you run a consulting business, home-school two children, and keep the house going. You are WAY too hard on yourself. I would have already hired a housekeeper by now!
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Thanks much. I just purchased sunscreen today that was rated unacceptable. I will return it! Even if people don't buy into the risks associated with skin cancer, the wrinkled, leathery skin later on should be a deterrent!
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2010 on In the dark at 50-something Moms Blog
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I think you said it even better!
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Is it me or is the world in a complete crisis? My dad, rest his soul, used to always say the world was going to “hell in a handbasket”. I thought he was just a little too pessimistic, but if... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at 50-something Moms Blog
Once you sort through all the pictures of deceased parents, one gains a new perspective. In those days, no one seemed to through away bad pictures. At least digital insures those you print are only good ones. We seldom print pictures now. And when we do, time between the taking and the printing allow us to be more selective.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2010 on Digital Dilemma at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Annie, we are in the middle of our fourth season of softball. The only sport my daughter has really ever played. I am so hoping this is our last team sport season. Like you, we held out until third grade. My theory being that if she can't hold up a bat or know which way to run, she is too young to play. I later realized that my philosophy works only if everyone else waited to place their kids in sports. At least we don't have snow to contend with here. What we dread is the heat at the end of the season. Good luck!
Toggle Commented May 9, 2010 on The Coach's Wife at 50-something Moms Blog
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What a wonderful thing you did to raise your friend's twins. Not many people would take on that responsibility. Oh, to find that balance between providing parental direction without being a dictator. I haven't found it yet. Strength to us both!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2010 on Too Much Rope at 50-something Moms Blog
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I, three, have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. What's wrong with an email to organize a playdate? I'm afraid that we are spending so much time documenting our lives, that we are failing to live them!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2010 on How real is Facebook? at Orange County Moms Blog
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Oh, I hope so!
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You have hit on the very issue that bothers me most about Facebook. You befriend an old acquaintance or current friend only to find their beliefs are profoundly different. Most liberals, like you, try not to discuss religion and politics with others unless they know their leanings. However, the same cannot be said about conservatives. It is truly a catch-22. If you try to respond, an argument results. But when I say nothing, I think I am not being my authentic self.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2010 on It's only Facebook at 50-something Moms Blog
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Our daughters might not appreciate our sensibility, but the school's P.E. teachers do! Hang tough, Annie!
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Except when you have a kid after 40. By the time you can reclaim former activities, you are too pooped! Happy camping!
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on The Summer I Get the Outdoors BACK at Philly Moms
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I was post-menopausal a year before my daughter got her period this year. I kinda liked not having to buy all the stuff for the one year! Not being able to share the menstruation experience didn't bother me one bit. But I do have to limit my time around those perky 30-year-old mothers at school.
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My parents openly fought. I think I have a temper as a result. So, yes, I fight with my spouse in front of my child. But I wish I didn't.
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Annie, You should be very proud of yourself.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2010 on Getting My Yoga On at 50-something Moms Blog
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Your post brings back pleasant memories of my Alaskan cruise. I wish I had tea in Victoria! What a wonderful opportunity for memories for your son.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2010 on Travels with My Mother at 50-something Moms Blog
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I worry about this issue occasionally. With an only child, it is hard not to do things that my daughter can do for herself, but it is often easier! But I also find your list shocking. And my daughter is 12. We are really behind!
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Okay locals! Is touring D.C. over the July 4th weekend a great, exciting time or unbearably crowded? I promise not to ask you to take a photo!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2010 on An Open Letter To DC Tourists at DC Metro Moms
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Wow! I'm in the middle of planning a family D.C. summer trip. But maybe, I should reconsider. I am afraid I will forget some of the rules.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2010 on An Open Letter To DC Tourists at DC Metro Moms
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I once declined a candle party and told the hostess I didn't use candles much. That was a mistake. I got a lecture about why I should use more candles. Now, I just decline all those "checkbook" parties, no excuses given. They are really all just pyramid schemes.
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It is so hard to go against the tide. I commend you. My daughter thinks she is the only 6th grader in her school that doesn't have a cell phone and a Facebook account. But my family spends too much time on the computer. Like right now!
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One point for Mom! You have provided me some material I know I can use at a later time.
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